Best time to visit British Columbia

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Best time of year to visit British Columbia

The shoulder season from April to early June and September to October is the best time to visit British Columbia for those seeking great deals or solitude during the hikes across Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park and West Coast Trail. Early autumn might be busy and rainy, but the foliage hues during that time are unbelievable, especially when viewed from the Rocky Mountaineer Train. November to March period brings snowy weather, perfect for skiing in at Whistler Blackcomb. Awe-seekers will enjoy spotting Northern Lights and watching an unforgettable storm in Tofino. Summer is the busiest time in British Columbia, gathering both tourists and whales, but there is plenty of space for everyone. The only crowded places are Shambhala Music Festival or Vancouver Island Musicfest.

25 THINGS TO DO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 02)

Grizzly Bear Watching

Grizzly Bear Watching

mid-May–October • nature

Take a close look at grizzly black bears in the mountains

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer Train

April–October • activity

This is more than just a train!

Spirit Bears

Spirit Bears

late August–early October • nature

Immerse yourself in Canadian wilderness and meet the rare Spirit Bear

Kayaking

Kayaking

April–October • activity

Enjoy a perfect day or two on kayak, surrounded by gorgeous nature and an amazing variety of wildlife

Seal Pups

Seal Pups

May–August • nature

If you have never seen seals before, British Columbia is a great viewing spot. Come in summer for the adorable pups!

Spotted Lake

Spotted Lake

May–August  • nature

Unique beauty and creative work of minerals can be observed on the Spotted Lake during summer

Takakkaw Falls & Twin Falls

Takakkaw Falls & Twin Falls

mid-June–September • nature

The most picturesque part of Yoho National Park

Fishing

Fishing

January–mid-November • activity

Salmon is just one of many reasons to try fishing in British Columbia. Come and enjoy world class deep sea fishing together with river fishing

Seafood Season

Seafood Season

May–September • food

If you are a seafood fan, late spring is the right time to visit the B.C. and Vancouver restaurants and enjoy a variety of sea fish dishes

Othello Tunnels, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

Othello Tunnels, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

April–October • activity

See the legendary cliffs from 'First Blood', where Rambo was hanging above a raging river

The Great Divide Trail

The Great Divide Trail

July–mid-September • activity

This great corridor along the Canadian Rocky Mountains divides two of Canada's provinces

Summer Fruits and Veggies

Summer Fruits and Veggies

July–September • food

Fresh local food is ready for you! Come and enjoy various food festivals and fresh farmers' markets

Sky Walking at Mt. Nimbus

Sky Walking at Mt. Nimbus

June–August • activity

Most remote and probably the most beautiful via ferrata walk in Canada

Golf

Golf

April–October • activity

Stunning views and plenty of gorgeous, pristine courses await you

Okanagan Grape Harvest

Okanagan Grape Harvest

mid-August–early October • nature

Explore the province's best and most picturesque wineries

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

all year round • activity

Relish the birding experience in southern British Columbia

Landslide Lake

Landslide Lake

June–September • nature

One of the best hikes on Vancouver Island

West Coast Trail

West Coast Trail

May–September  • activity

Enjoy this stunning coastal trail as you walk in the footsteps of the First Nation ancestors

Skookumchuck Narrows

Skookumchuck Narrows

all year round • nature

Enjoy one of the greatest natural spectacles of British Columbia

Floe Lake

Floe Lake

mid-July–September • nature

Cobalt lake lying at the foot of the picturesque mountains

Lake Lovely Water

Lake Lovely Water

mid-July–October (could be mid-June–November) • nature

A stunning alpine lake surrounded by the Tantalus Mountain Range

Juan de Fuca Trail

Juan de Fuca Trail

late May–early September • activity

A beautiful Vancouver Island trail featuring Jordan river, Mystic Beach and other attractions

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

late April–early October • nature

Hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking destination

Mount Cheam

Mount Cheam

July–October • activity

A beautiful hike in Canadian Cascades with blooming wildflowers along the way

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

March–October (best options in mid-July–October) • nature

One of the best places in the world to spot killer, grey or humpback whales

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Celebration of Light

Celebration of Light

August 03, 2019 • event

Don't miss one of the most spectacular sound and light events in the world!

Salmon Run

Salmon Run

mid-October–December • nature

Every four years, millions of sockeye salmon traverse thousands of kilometers of sea and freshwater to die for their babies—this is the severity of mother nature's laws

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

October 14, 2019 • event

Being mainly a family holiday, Thanksgiving is a great time to taste traditional dishes and observe different customs

Vancouver Island Musicfest

Vancouver Island Musicfest

July 12–14, 2019 • event

Check out this amazing weekend among gorgeous nature and with great music!

Bald Eagle Count

Bald Eagle Count

early January | 3rd weekend of November • activity

Thousands of bald eagles can be observed near the lakesides. You can even volunteer and take part in the huge counting expedition

Shambhala Music Festival

Shambhala Music Festival

August 09–12, 2019 • event

Come and enjoy one of the largest electronic music festivals in Canada

Storm Watching in Tofino

Storm Watching in Tofino

November–February • activity

A natural phenomenon of impressive scale

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

December–March • nature

With a bit of luck you can watch aurora borealis in Vancouver

Vancouver Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion Week

March 18–24, 2019 • event

Sensational selection of designers is awaiting you at the second largest fashion week across North America

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

June 21–July 01, 2019 • event

The largest music festival in British Columbia with 1800 artists and over half a million jazz fans

Crankworx Whistler

Crankworx Whistler

August 09–18, 2019 • event

A massive celebration of elite-level mountain biking

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

November–late April • activity

Charming nature, jaw-dropping views, and world class slopes and trails can be found skiing around Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

November 21–December 24, 2018 • event

An Old World tradition that has become a favourite for locals

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

April 09–May 11, 2018 • event

Breathtaking display of millions of flowers

Game Meats, Pacific Oysters, and Sea Urchin

Game Meats, Pacific Oysters, and Sea Urchin

October–February • food

Late autumn and winter bring game meats and tasty seafood on the table. Choose your favourite!

Seasons Festival

Seasons Festival

March 28–April 01, 2018 • event

A mix of music, technology and new media art

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

December 02, 2018 • event

The largest Christmas Parade in Western Canada

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

July 19–21, 2019 • event

Enjoy the magical ambience of the festival for the whole family

GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

October 13, 2019 • event

Gain yourself an unmatchable running experience in all of the West Coast

Cherry Blossom in Victoria

Cherry Blossom in Victoria

mid-February–March • nature

A quintessential part of spring in the capital of British Columbia